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Children with special needs don’t need to miss out on regular fun and open play. We’ve rounded up this month’s events for families and children with special needs. Unless otherwise stated, all events require preregistration. See the event listings for more information and to register.
January Lake County Special Needs Calendar
Weekly Events for Children with Special Needs:
Friday Night Dance Party
Every Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Denise Sabala Dance Studios, 560 W. Main St., Lake Zurich
This 45-minute class is catered to special needs students. Explore your body’s space around you through rhythm, music, socialization and dancing.
Every Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
GiGi’s Playhouse, 5404 W. Elm St., McHenry
Families and their friends are invited to the playhouse for playtime. Open play helps promote positive beginnings for new families with a child with Down syndrome, creates awareness opportunities for peers and friends, and provides support and networking for families. Come ready for fun and a crazy good time! Open to families with children of all ages and their friends.
Thursday, January 17-31, 10:30 a.m.
Zion-Benton Public Library< 2400 Gabriel Ave., Zion
Families are invited to 30 minutes of stories, music or craft especially chosen for children ages 4-8 with developmental delays and sensory needs.
Special Events for Children with Special Needs
Sensory Story Time
12 January, 10:00 a.m
Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington
Children of all ages can enjoy books, music, and movement designed to engage the senses and build language and literacy skills. For children of all abilities, registration required.
AMC Sensory Friendly Films
12 & 26 January, 10:100 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
AMC Theatres in Northbrook and South Barrington
AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing!
Everyone at Play
13 January 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview
This special morning event offers free admission for families with children with special needs to explore the Museum exhibits in a controlled, quieter environment. Registration required.
15 January, 6:00 p.m
Deerfield Public Library, 920 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield
All ages are invited for an inclusive and interactive storytime filled with stories, songs, sensory play, and socialization! Children of all abilities with their siblings and caregivers are welcome. No registration required.
“Intelligent Lives” Screening
15 January, 7:00 p.m.
John & Nancy Hughes Theater, Gorton Center, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest
Intelligent Lives stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S. Intelligent Lives challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationships. Panel discussion to follow.
Sensory Movie Matinee: Early Man
27 January 2:00 p.m.
Warren Newport Public Library, 224 O’Plaine Rd., Gurnee
*Registration Required* Sensory-friendly screenings are designed for children with special needs, using quieter volume and lowered lights. Animal crackers and water are provided.
Do you know of a program or event we missed? Share it in the comments so we can add it!
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